1997 Ford Explorer Overview


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1997 Ford Explorer Overview

New options on the 1997 Ford Explorer offered buyers of America's most popular SUV more choices under the hood. In addition to the 4.9 liter, 210-horsepower V-8 engine introduced in 1996, the '97 Explorer also came off the line with an optional single overhead cam 4.0 liter V-6 which delivered 205 horsepower.

Agility was also a selling point for the '97 Ford Explorer: real all-wheel drive was available for the first time on the Eddie Bauer and Limited trims. In addition to those higher-end trim selections, the 1997 Explorer was offered in Sport, XL, and XLT trims, with a choice of two-door and four-door body styles.

Fuel efficiency wasn't bad by sport-utility vehicle standards: 14 to 18 mpg city, 17 to 23 mpg highway, depending on model, engine, and bodystyle, were the EPA's estimates. The Ford Explorer continued to outsell other vehicles in its class because of its affordability, durability, and superior cargo capacity.

Some drivers love this workhorse for toting the family around; others like to take the four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive versions on off-road adventures. Either way, the 1997 Ford Explorer has lasting appeal.


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    Lizzy Sutter

    Sitting For 5 Years And Won't Start

    The Ford Explorer has been sitting for 5 years . We got a new battery, oil change, starter, and gas but won't start. What could it be ?

    14 views with 3 answers (last answer 3 days ago)
    Arlethia Milton-Dukes

    My Truck Wont Drive

    I can start my engine and switch to all gears. I can also drive in reverse. The problem is that once I put my truck in drive and hit the gas, it immediately turns off. What could be the issue?

    1 view with no answers yet

    I Have A 1997 Ford Explorer Having Problems With Both Windows On Driver Sid...

    checked fuses they are ok, tested the switch it is getting power, and you can hear the motor clicking in when pushing up button on switch don't know what the next step would be. please help

    2 views with no answers yet
    Joe Westbrook Jr

    I Have A 1997 Ford Explorer And The Tail Lights Stopped Working But The Bra...

    I don't think it is a fuse because the brake lights still work, also when I turn on just the parking lights the head lights shine too

    703 views with 8 answers (last answer about a month ago)
    RD Moore


    Car dies when jumper cables are dissconected

    6 views with 3 answers (last answer about a month ago)